The hidden alternative book launch

The hidden alternative logoCo-operatives will be given a boost in both the public and academic eye with the publication of a new book written by an array of contributors interested in co-operation, timed to coincide with 2012, International Year of Co-operatives.


1. Introduction. Anthony Webster, Linda Shaw, David Stewart, John K. Walton and Alyson Brown

2. Co-operativism meets City Ethics: The 1997 Lanica take-over bid for CWS. John Wilson

3. Values and Vocation: Educating the Co-operative Workforce, 1918 – 1939. Keith Vernon

4. International Perspectives on Co-operative Education. Linda Shaw

5. Co-operative Education in Britain during the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries: Context, Identity and Learning. Tom Woodin

6. Beyond a Fair Price. Samantha Lacey

7. Negotiating Consumer and Producer Interests – A challenge for the Co-op and Fair Trade. Katarina Friberg

8. ‘A Party within a Party’? The Co-operative Party-Labour Party Alliance and the Formation of the Social Democratic Party, 1974-81. David Stewart

9. The Creation of New Entities: Stakeholders and Shareholders in 19th century Italian Co- operatives. Patrizia Battlilani

10. Co-operatives and Nation-building in Post Apartheid South Africa: Contradictions and Challenges. Vishwas Satgar and Michelle Williams

11. Community, Individuality and Co-operation: The Centrality of Values. Ian MacPherson

12. An Alternative Co-operative Tradition: The Basque Co-operatives of Mondragón. Fernan do Molina and John K.Walton

13. ‘A Co-operative of Intellectuals’: The Encounter between Co-operative Values and Urban Planning. An Italian Case Study. Marzia Maccaferri

14. Government to Governance: The Challenge of Co-operative Revival in India. L Vaswani

15. Minding the GAAP: Co-operative Responses to the Global Convergence of Accounting Standards and Practice. John Maddocks, Elizabeth Hicks, Alan Robb and Tom Webb

16. Resting on Laurels? Examining the Resilience of Co-operative Values in Times of Calm and Crisis. Jan Myers, John Maddocks and James Beecher

17. Shared Visions of Co-operation at a Time of Crisis: The Gung Ho Story in China’s Anti- Japanese Resistance. Ian Cook and Jenny Clegg

18. The Hidden Alternative: Conclusion. Ed Mayo

The book, entitled The hidden alternative – Co-operative values past, present and future, came out of a conference held in Manchester in 2009 called ‘Can values make a difference’. It is aimed at an international audience of academics, co-operative members and all those interested in the co-operative model. It will be of interest not just to students (undergraduate and post-graduate) but to policy makers, especially in the light of current political concerns to explore alternative models to the conventional public and private sectors.

The hidden alternative – Co-operative values past, present and future includes essays on education and co-operation, Fairtrade, politics and governance, planning and stability and how co-operatives have coped with the global economic crisis, with a conclusion by Co-operatives UK Chief Executive Ed Mayo and perspectives on how co-operation works across the world, from the UK to India, China and post-Apartheid South Africa.

Contributions demonstrate that co-operation offers a real and much-needed alternative for the organisation of human economic and social affairs, one that should establish its place at the forefront of public and academic discussion.

Contributors include Linda Shaw, Vice Principal at the Co-operative College, Dr Tony Webster, Head of History at Liverpool John Moore’s University, John K. Walton, Ikerbasque Research Professor at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Alyson Brown, Reader in History at Edge Hill University and David Stewart, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Central Lancashire.

The book is published by the University of Manchester and the United Nations University Press for wider distribution in the United States, Canada, Japan and the UN bookshop.

The book was launched simultaneously in Waterstones, Gower Street, London and the Eighth Day Co-operative, Manchester on 12 January, where attendees had the opportunity to meet the editors and the authors, find out more about the book and learn more about the International Year. Professor Stephen Yeo, an eminent co-operative scholar, opened the event in London. Economist and co-operative expert Robin Murray spoke at the event in Manchester.

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